Chevrolet Reaches Out to Loyalists With Truck Legends


In an interesting marketing strategy to better organize its truck buyers, Chevrolet is creating an exclusive Truck Legends club. Membership is open to anyone with a pickup truck or SUV with more than 100,000 miles on the odometer, or anyone who's purchased or leased two Chevy trucks in their lifetime. Granted, that leaves the "exclusive" club open to just about anyone who's owned a Chevy, but it could be an interesting and valuable way to bring Chevy loyalists closer to the truckmaker and collect some interesting stories.

Membership to this Chevy club does require registering at its website, which means giving some of your personal information and telling about your current or past pickups. In return, Chevy will offer members some interesting gifts and rewards that range from mileage decals to free car washes and discounted oil changes. It'll even offer some once-in-a-lifetime experiences, such as front-row seats at sold-out MLB games or getting a personal behind-the-scenes tour of upcoming models.

The Chevy Truck Legends program is open now for registration, but it's not clear how the stories about your pickups will eventually be used beyond making you more or less eligible to win different prizes. We're hoping Chevy will make those pickup and SUV stories available so we can all enjoy them.

The customer program will first focus on Texas owners and participants but will roll out nationwide in 2017.

Source: http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2016/09/chevrolet-reaches-out-to-loyalists-with-truck-legends.html


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Chevrolet Joins Trailering Leaders to Create Integrated Experience

Industry Collaboration Key to Improved Trailering


DETROIT — Each year, approximately 1.2 million horse, boat, RV and work trailers are sold in the United States. These trailers are primarily pulled by fullsize trucks and SUVs, and Chevrolet believes there is an opportunity to help trailer manufacturers and industry leaders better understand the future direction of truck and trailering technology.

As an award-winning industry leader in trailering, Chevrolet is partnering with the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) to create a more integrated trailering experience for trailer owners.

“Our owners are often towing something, from an RV to construction equipment, that is more valuable than their truck,” said Tim Herrick, General Motors future truck executive chief engineer. “Unequivocally, they tell us that they are looking for a better towing experience. Safer, easier, with more integration between their trailer and their truck.”

By working directly with the industry, Chevrolet will help trailer manufacturers develop technologies that improve combined trailer and truck safety and industry safety standards. The partners will also work to increase communication between truck and trailer to provide the driver with more information and help alert customers to prevent trailer tampering or theft.

“This partnership with Chevrolet is part of the trailer industry’s continued commitment to improving safety,” said Pam Trusdale, executive director, NATM. “We are confident that we can collectively improve not only the towing experience for consumers but also public safety, which is why NATM is excited about working with Chevrolet.”

 “Safety and ease of use are key considerations for families that use RV trailers,” said Bruce Hopkins, RVIA vice president, Standards. “We’re pleased to partner with Chevrolet and NATM on this project to create a safer, simpler and easier towing experience.”

About Chevrolet
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

About the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association
With offices in Reston, VA and Elkhart, IN, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association is the leading trade voice representing the $50 billion RV industry. RVIA represents approximately 400 manufacturers and component suppliers producing 98 percent of all RVs made in the United States. As owner of the National RV Tradeshow and California RV Show, the association promotes and protects the RV industry and its members by focusing on government affairs, standards development, technical education, networking events, and industry research and trends. In addition, RVIA partners with leading RV dealers to expand the RV lifestyle through the Go RVing advertising and promotional campaign.

About the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers
National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) is the Association of light- and medium-duty trailer manufacturers and suppliers to the industry. Founded in 1987, NATM is dedicated to improving trailer safety and performance. The Association seeks to promote awareness of safety and provide a voice for trailer manufacturers and their suppliers when issues of trailer safety and regulation are considered by Congress and relevant government agencies. NATM’s dedication to improving trailer safety is achieved in a myriad of ways, but primarily through the Compliance Verification Program. The Program is mandatory for all trailer manufacturer members, and requires biennial verification that members have the manufacturing processes in place to build trailers that meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and industry best practices. To find out more about NATM please visit www.NATM.com.


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Patented Adaptive Steering Technology Has Ford Competitors Spinning Their Wheels

Drive smarter not harder with the class-exclusive* new Adaptive Steering System in the all-new 2017 Ford Super Duty, which adjusts the steering ratio in response to vehicle speed. It adapts automatically to the driving situation, whether you’re doing a low-speed maneuver like parking, or backing up a trailer, or traveling at cruising speed on the highway. At lower speeds, the steering ratio increases, requiring fewer turns of the steering wheel – and less steering effort. At higher speeds, the steering ratio gradually decreases, providing a steering feel that is firming and more controlled. *Class is Full-Size Pickups over 8,500 lbs. GVWR based on Ford segmentation. Learn more about the Ford Super Duty, here: http://ford.to/SuperDuty2017


CASECO and Sharp Heavy Equipment Work Well Together

Guest post by Ken Keller

Oilfield Tough

The Oilfield Services Industry along with other heavy equipment fleets need tough and well-maintained vehicles to help deliver their services across a wide geographical expanse of our country. Sharp Heavy Equipment Services, with corporate headquarters in Gainesville, Texas, provides that maintenance. Founded as Sharp Oilfield Services in 2011, the company recently rebranded, changing their name to Sharp Heavy Equipment Services. Sharp Heavy Equipment Services provides 24/7 mobile, on-site, preventative maintenance services for oil & gas equipment and other off-highway equipment. Their mission is to keep oilfield and heavy equipment running efficiently and safely.

Sharp Heavy Equipment Services has been expanding and now has outlets across the country including San Antonio and Odessa, TX, Duncan, OK, Hobbs, NM, Zanesville, OH Denver, CO and Williston, ND. Micah Davenport is an owner of Sharp Heavy Equipment Services. Micah describes his business. “We are a mobile Jiffy Lube on steroids,” Micah said. “We provide preventative maintenance for oilfield tractors and trailers. As a 24/7 mobile service provider our well-timed service helps to mitigate downtime for our customers and frees their own mechanics from time consuming maintenance tasks.”

CASECO Truck Body plays an important role in Sharp Heavy Equipment Services’ business. CASECO’s Mechanic Truck bodies are used on Sharp’s fleet of fifty-five Ford F550 lube trucks. “Our business depends on prompt response to our customer’s needs. CASECO Truck Body’s high quality construction gives us one less thing we have to worry about,” Micah said. “We know we can show up on-site looking professional and with the tools and supplies our mechanics need. A well-stocked Sharp lube truck can knock out twenty to thirty jobs a day.”

When on-site, Sharp’s maintenance technicians take advantage of CASECO Truck Body’s efficient storage areas and durable tool drawers. “All of our trucks use the same tool layout to help with our inventory of supplies and tools. Our lube trailers and the CASECO bodies ensure that we have ample space for everything we need. Because of the great construction of the drawers, we never have issues with mal-functioning doors and tool drawers,” Micah noted. The smooth surfaces and fluid motion of CASECO’s doors and drawers adds a safety factor to their value.

The truck fleets that service our nation’s oilfield equipment need to be as tough and smart as the men and women working in our nation’s oilfields. Micah’s company certainly displays these qualities. With the support of CASECO Truck Body, Sharp Heavy Equipment Services has grown to be one of the largest preventive maintenance companies in the country.

For information about Sharp Heavy Equipment Services visit their website at: www.sharpHES.com. For more information on CASECO Truck Body go to: www.casecotruck.com.


2016 GMC SAVANA CUTAWAY 3500 / 4500


New for 2016:
•    Standard digital AM/FM radio with auxiliary port
•    Optional GMC IntelliLink with navigation radio
•    OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot
•    Six standard air bags: frontal, side curtain and seat-mounted thorax (models under 10,000 pounds GVWR) 
•    Optional 220-amp generator


The GMC Savana Cutaway van is known for versatility, flexibility and durability, offering of its three available wheelbases, single or dual rear wheels and three engine choices – including the powerful Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel.

For 2016, the Savana Cutaway features a single rear wheel 9,900-pound GVWR (4,490 kg) on 139- and 159-inch wheelbase chassis, and an optional 10,100-pound (4,581 kg) GVWR. Dual-rear-wheel models start at 10,050 pounds (4,559 kg) GVWR and extend to 12,300 pounds (5,591 kg) GVWR. They are available on 139-, 159- and 177-inch wheelbase chassis. 

Also offered on the dual-rear-wheel are 4500 models that have a 14,200-pound (6,441 kg) GVWR, available with the 159- and 177-inch wheelbase chassis.

New for 2016 is OnStar 4G LTE connectivity, which includes a Wi-Fi hotspot. It provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected all the time. The hotspot allows passengers to connect up to seven personal devices such as smartphones, laptops and tablets to high-speed wireless Internet whenever the vehicle is on.

Also new is an available navigation radio with the GMC IntelliLink infotainment system. Additional highlights:
•    4.8L and 6.0L gas V-8s with six-speed automatic transmission
•    Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel V-8 with six-speed automatic transmission
•    Four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock
•    Available locking rear differential (standard with YF2-code ambulance package)
•    110-volt outlet on the instrument panel
•    Standard digital AM/FM radio with auxiliary port
•    Available 220-amp generator.

Special-equipment packages also are available for ambulance, RV, shuttle bus and school bus construction.

Savana exterior features:
•    A chrome appearance package including a chrome front bumper and a chrome grille with dual composite headlamps is available. Black-painted bumper is standard
•    Heavy-duty light-emitting diode flashers are standard
•    Heated and power-adjustable outside folding mirrors are available on 3500 models
•    Wide-stance sail-panel-mounted outside mirrors are available
•    Sixteen-inch steel wheels are standard
•    Exterior colors: Quicksilver Metallic, Cyber Gray Metallic, Deep Blue Metallic, Onyx Black, Emerald Green Metallic, Summit White, Cardinal Red, Wheatland Yellow, and Bronze Alloy Metallic.

Savana interior features:
•    Air conditioning is standard (air conditioning delete is available)
•    Cruise control, power windows and power locks are available
•    A standard digital radio including AM/FM/MP3 capability
•    A range of optional audio systems, including, USB port, CD and navigation is available on all models. An audio system provision package is available
•    SiriusXM Satellite Radio is available
•    Driver information center is standard on all models
•    Brake warning indicator is available
•    Two auxiliary 12-volt power outlets located on the dash are standard
•    110-volt outlet standard on dash
•    Side cut keys
•    Leather-wrapped steering wheel is available
•    Remote keyless entry is available
•    Remote vehicle starter system is available.

Savana powertrains: 6.6L Duramax diesel
The powerful Duramax turbo-diesel V-8 is offered in Savana Cutaway, delivering best-in-class torque and horsepower. Known by its “LGH” engine code, it is rated at 260 horsepower (194 kW) and 525 lb-ft of torque (711 Nm).

The LGH Duramax employs a robust EGR cooling system, along with revised turbocharger tuning that helps enhance EGR performance. It also has a large-capacity selective catalytic reduction system. In fact, the engine features the latest in emission control technology, making it the cleanest Duramax engine ever produced. NOx emissions are controlled via a Selective Catalyst Reduction aftertreatment system that uses urea-based Diesel (Emission) Exhaust Fluid (DEF). The DEF is housed in a 5.83-gallon (20 L) tank and needs to be replenished about every 5,000 miles (8,000 km). Electrically heated lines feed the DEF to the emission system to ensure adequate delivery in cold weather.

The Duramax also includes GM’s second-generation diesel particulate filter system. Unlike most competitors’ systems, the Duramax regenerates its diesel particulate filter using a downstream injection of diesel fuel directly into the exhaust stream and can travel up to 700 miles (1,125 km) between regenerations – a 300-mile (482 km) increase over the previous Duramax engine. The use of downstream injection also helps improve engine life by eliminating concerns about the possibility of diesel fuel contaminating engine oil, which can happen when fuel used for regeneration is introduced directly into the cylinder. 

Savana Cutaway also provides outstanding cold-weather performance, thanks to the Duramax’s microprocessor-controlled glow plugs, which are capable of a gas engine-like start performance in less than three seconds in temperatures as low as -20 degrees F (-29 o C), without a block heater. The engine has been developed to operate for at least 200,000 miles (322,000 km) on a rough-duty cycle without the need for a major overhaul. It is also backed with a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
(Certain commercial and government fleet customers receive the 5 year/100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty.)

A fuel-operated heater is available for vans equipped with the Duramax 6.6L to quickly provide heat to the vehicle interior in cold weather. This seamlessly integrated system is designed into the Savana chassis, saving customers the time and labor of upfitting an aftermarket system. The electronically controlled, fuel-operated heater operates automatically, turning on and off within parameters that include outside air temperature, fuel level, coolant temperature and engine use. It features a self-contained, pressurized auxiliary coolant heater (with a surge tank) that uses diesel fuel to generate up to 17,200 Btu/h (5 kW) of heating energy.

The Duramax engine is backed by GM’s Hydra-Matic 6L90 heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission featuring Tow/Haul mode.

Gas engines
A 4.8L V-8 is standard on 3500 models and generates 285 horsepower (212 kW) and 295 lb-ft of torque (398 Nm), while a 6.0L V-8, available in a flex fuel configuration, is standard on 4500 models and available on other models. It is rated at 342 horsepower (255 kW) and 373 lb-ft of torque (506 Nm).

Each is part of GM’s legendary small-block engine family and designed for quiet operation, including:
•    Special friction-reducing polymer coating on piston skirts
•    Full-floating piston pins
•    Damping patch on the oil pan (externally mounted)
•    Timing chain tensioner
•    Quieter alternator.

Backing the engines’ quietness is the assurance of long-lasting performance. The engine family was validated under extreme conditions, with the 6.0L engine dynamometer-tested to the equivalent of 200,000 miles – 50,000 miles more than other engines in the family. The engines also feature many long-life engine components that can reduce maintenance intervals and costs. The iridium-tip spark plugs, engine coolant, accessory drive belt and sealing gaskets are some of these items.

Some of the stringent durability testing included cycling engines between the peak torque and peak horsepower rpm points – the equivalent of towing a heavy trailer up a steep grade – for 600 straight hours.

The engines are mated to the Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed automatic transmission.

Additional powertrain special features include:
•    Dual 145-amp alternators are on Duramax-equipped models
•    diesel engine
•    220-amp alternators are available
•    600-CCA battery is standard with 6.0L engine; 770-CCA battery is available
•    Dual heavy-duty 770-CCA batteries are standard with Duramax-equipped models
•    Fuel-operated auxiliary heat generator is available with Duramax-equipped models
•    Cold-climate package with engine block heater is available on all models
•    High-idle switch for greater accessory performance at a job site is available on all models
•    Oil life monitor is standard on all models
•    Transmission cooler is standard on all models.

Chassis and suspension
Cutaway models are built on a strong, ladder-type full frame architecture. Varying frame sections support the 139-inch, 159-inch and 177-inch wheelbases. Soft-mount body-mount “donuts” and bolts, which attach upfit bodies to the chassis, are available on all models.

All Cutaway models feature an independent short-long arm (SLA) front suspension, power steering and four-wheel disc brakes with four-wheel anti-lock. At the rear is a hypoid drive axle and multi-leaf springs.

Additional chassis and suspension features include:
•    A locking rear differential is available on all models
•    Axle ratios include: 3.42, 3.54, 3.73 and 4.10.

Savana safety and crash-avoidance features
Savana is equipped with a host of safety features, including six standard air bags: frontal, head and side curtain, and thoracic air bags, which provide a higher level of protection in the event of a side impact or a vehicle rollover.

Ford Transit & Kargo Master Help Bell Bros. HVAC Serve Northern California

Guest post by Ken Keller

Brothers Jerry and Kenny Bell founded Bell Bros. in 1991. The company is a premier heating and cooling (HVAC) contractor, window installer and plumber in Northern California with a fleet of 137 vehicles, including 120 Ford Transits completely upfitted with Kargo Master van interiors and roof racks.

With 57 technicians, 200 employees, and a territory that ranges several hundred miles from Fresno to the south, Vacaville to the west, Yuba City to the north and Pollock Pines to the east … including the Sacramento Valley … Bell Bros needs the reliability of the Transits and the durability and functionality of the Kargo Master interiors and ladder racks.

When asked about why Bell Bros choose Kargo Master, Russ Beauchamp, facilities and fleet manager, put it succinctly: “It’s the products … quality craftsmanship … they look great … and our upfitter’s customer service is exceptional. Russ, who’s been with Bell Bros. since 2009, said the company had been purchasing Kargo Master products long before he arrived and he saw no compelling reason to change vendors based on Kargo Master’s relationship and reputation with the company.”

Adding a vehicle to their fleet, which they do often, is a three-step process:

1. Purchase a Transit.
2. Take the newly acquired vehicle to the sign shop for branding.
3. Then off it goes to upfitter for installation of Kargo Master products.

Ian, a tech at Bell Bros, was asked his opinion of the Kargo Master roof racks, “They are awesome. It is easy for me to access my ladders … put them on the roof or take them off.”

His vehicle is equipped with the EZ Drop Down Ladder Rack … a nifty mechanism which allows a ladder (in his case 2 ladders) to be loaded from the side of the van by a single driver … with little effort or reach. The ladder is easily raised and locked with a removable handle which is stored inside the van. The rack works perfectly on all Transits … from the compact Transit Connect to the high roof big boys.

While functionality is paramount, Bell Bros. is acutely aware of the visibility of their vans which are moving billboards … thousands of miles are travelled every day. The look of their vans is extremely important … from the quality and style of the Transits, to bold and dynamic branding, to the finishing touches to their vehicles … Kargo Master racks and van interiors help them to work efficiently and promote Bell Bros. professionalism.

See more about Bell Bros. at www.bellbroshvac.com and you can see more about all the the products from Kargo Master at www.kargomaster.com


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ENKI Brewing Chooses Ford Transit Van with Swivel Loading Ramp

Guest post by Ken Keller

ENKI Brewing, a small micro-brewery located in Victoria, Minnesota on the outskirts of Minneapolis, made their first batch of beer in June, 2013. ENKI Brewing is now moving from their present 3,000 square foot brewery to a larger 46,000 square foot building with loading docks. ENKI Brewing has been developing a growing customer base, making the move to a larger facility necessary.

John Hayes, President and co-founder of ENKI Brewing, explains. “Since 2013 we’ve been producing 20 barrel batches of beer from our brewhouse and three fermenters, delivering it to local bars, restaurants and liquor stores. We have since tripled our fermenter capacity to meet the growing demand for our beers.”

Many breweries have a wholesale distributor that picks up their beer, stores and delivers it to retail outlets. ENKI Brewing self-delivers. “We have been able to grow while retaining our distribution rights,” John explains. “We feel that there is a strategic, competitive advantage to self-deliver because it keeps us in close contact with the retailers and the end customer. A wholesale distributor just cannot devote the same amount of time and care to our products as we do.”

“The challenge for self-distributors is that we have to make all these stops around town. It is a lot of work. So we needed a vehicle that accommodated our ability to self-distribute. That’s why we went with the Ford Transit and the National Fleet Products swivel loading ramp,” John said. “Our primary delivery vehicle is an insulated Ford high-roof Transit van, upfitted with a cooler and the National Fleet Products Swivel Loading Ramp. We use it for hauling kegs and cases to our 250 local accounts.”

The National Fleet Products Swivel Loading Ramp is a spring assist ramp with a unique 180 degree external & internal swivel. “The swivel loading ramp is a simple and elegant solution,” John comments. “The folding, 8-foot ramp resides within the interior of the van. If we don’t want to use the ramp we can swing it out and have direct and complete access to the back of the van.”

“One of the reasons we got the National Fleet Products ramp is that it really saves time,” John said. “Since we are delivering more and more kegs, we need that time. The result is our guys do not feel rushed and are less prone to knocking up the interior of the van. I want to keep our van in good condition, so this ramp is one of the tools that help us do that.”

 “The National Fleet Products ramp can also go up to the height of loading docks, as opposed to going down to ground level. This is a key advantage for us,” John explained. “Some of the places we deliver have high loading docks. Before we had this ramp we had to pull the keg off the van, put it on a dolly and then run it up stairs. This was slow and back-breaking. Each keg weighs 165 pounds, so this ramp saves our peoples’ backs.”

ENKI Brewing is a well-managed, highly organized enterprise. The company takes its name from ENKI, the ancient Sumerian god of flowing water. ENKI brought fresh waters to the land, prompting the start of agriculture and quickly followed by the discovery of beer. ENKI Brewing is now rolling off more and more kegs of their fine beer with the help of the National Fleet Products Swivel Loading Ramp. ENKI Brewing’s mission is making the world a friendlier place by encouraging people to share a beer together.   They are making lots of new friends and quite a name for themselves along the way.

To check out ENKI Brewing, go to: www.enkibrewing.com. To see National Fleet Product’s complete offerings, visit their website at: www.nationalfleetproducts.com.

Ford Issues New Mobility Challenge to Unlock Innovation, Boost Community Response to Natural Disasters

In conjunction with September’s National Disaster Preparedness Month, Ford Motor Company will award three grants of up to $70,000 each for U.S.-based nonprofit organizations to purchase and modify a Ford Transit van for use in disaster relief work.

Ford Motor Company launches Disaster Relief Mobility Challenge to inspire creative new ideas for making the best use of Ford Disaster Relief Vehicles

The winning entries will be awarded grants of up to $70,000 each to purchase a Ford Transit van with modifications to best serve the needs of the community

The Ford Disaster Relief Mobility Challenge is another way Ford is using innovative mobility solutions to build stronger communities and make people’s lives better

DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 15, 2016 – When disaster strikes, three nonprofits in the United States will be able to beef up their response capability to help people faster and more effectively through a new program called the Ford Disaster Relief Mobility Challenge.
In conjunction with September’s National Disaster Preparedness Month, Ford Motor Company will award three grants of up to $70,000 each for U.S.-based nonprofit organizations to purchase and modify a Ford Transit van for use in disaster relief work.

Ford is asking nonprofits to describe how the versatile Ford Transit van, which is offered with multiple roof heights, body lengths, wheelbases and engine options, can serve their disaster response needs. Winners who meet the challenge will be selected based on proposed vehicle use and community need. Additional ground rules include:
  • Applications must be submitted by October 31, 2016
  • Applicants must be a certified U.S. 501(c) 3 non-profit organization
  • Government organizations and municipalities are not eligible
  • Winners will be notified in November 2016
To share an idea, please visit fordbetterworld.org. Click to hear Jim Vella discuss the challenge.

“We’re asking for help from the experts on the ground on how to best utilize Ford vehicles following an earthquake, hurricane or other devastating natural event,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund. “Ford’s strength as a mobility company combined with the know-how of dedicated disaster responders can take our efforts to a higher level and help more people.”

Ford has a long history of supporting disaster relief efforts in the United States and overseas, working with the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and other nonprofit groups. As a member of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program, Ford pledges support in advance of major disasters, ensuring that the Red Cross is prepared to respond immediately to emergencies. Over the past several years, Ford has provided 15 disaster response vehicles to organizations in communities across the U.S., from New Jersey to Oregon and California.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 203,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks and SUVs, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. To expand its business model, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities with investments in electrification, autonomy and mobility. Ford provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company.  For more information regarding Ford and its products and services, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.


Ford, U-M Accelerate Autonomous Vehicle Research with Ford Researchers In-House at New Robotics Lab on U-M Campus

  • Ford becoming first corporation to co-locate in an academic building as it works side-by-side with University of Michigan researchers in a new state-of-the-art robotics center
  • Long-running alliance strengthened by naming U-M professors Matthew Johnson-Roberson and Ram Vasudevan as leaders of the autonomous vehicle collaboration
  • Later this year, Ford is moving a team of researchers and engineers to university’s North Campus Research Complex, kicking off the first phase of expanded presence
ANN ARBOR, Mich.,– Ford and the University of Michigan today announce they are teaming up to accelerate autonomous vehicle research and development with a first-ever arrangement that embeds Ford researchers and engineers into a new state-of-the-art robotics laboratory on U-M’s Ann Arbor campus.

While the new robotics laboratory opens in 2020, by the end of this year Ford will move a dozen researchers into the North Campus Research Complex (NCRC).

The announcement is the latest in a series of actions by Ford as it moves toward having fully autonomous SAE-defined level 4-capable vehicles available for high-volume commercial use in 2021. Autonomous vehicles are part of Ford’s expansion to be an auto and a mobility company.
“Ford engineers and researchers will begin working shoulder-to-shoulder with U-M faculty and students to test and learn about autonomous vehicle technology and innovation,” said Mark Fields, Ford president and CEO. “We are aiming to show the world what we can achieve when leaders in business and academia work together to make people’s lives better.”

Ten years into the Ford-University of Michigan Innovation Alliance, the two parties have agreed
Ford will lease the fourth floor of the new robotics laboratory. It is an approximately 140,000-square-foot building on Hayward Street, east of the university’s Space Research Building.

The planned robotics laboratory will have space where machines walk, fly, drive and swim. The building will house labs, offices and classrooms, continuing a tradition of robotics leadership at U-M that includes the creation of MABEL, the world’s fastest-running robot with knees.

By locating a team of more than 100 employees on campus, Ford benefits from being close to technical leaders as well as facilities, such as Mcity – a one-of-a-kind urban simulation test environment in Ann Arbor.

Ford has been testing autonomous vehicles for more than 10 years, last fall becoming the first automaker to begin testing at Mcity. It also is tripling its fleet of autonomous research vehicles this year – making Ford’s fully autonomous vehicle fleet the largest of all automakers.

New leaders
Today, Ford and U-M also announce professors Matthew Johnson-Roberson and Ram Vasudevan will serve as leaders of a new autonomous vehicle research team comprising graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and researchers.

Both professors, who began collaborating with Ford earlier this summer, bring a wealth of autonomous vehicle research experience. Dr. Johnson-Roberson is an assistant professor of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, and has worked in autonomous vehicles since the first DARPA Grand Challenge in 2004. His research focuses on robotic systems perception. Dr. Vasudevan is an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering with a background in robotics and next-generation automotive technologies.

“We’re at the point where you are beginning to see the positive impact driverless cars could have on people’s lives,” said Vasudevan. “Sometimes, the challenge for us as professors and engineers is knowing what the relevant research problems are that need to be addressed to guarantee the success of autonomous vehicles. Working closely with Ford gives us the data and equipment to better understand and resolve the challenges that lie ahead.”

U-M’s College of Engineering also named Professor Jessy Grizzle as Director of Robotics. Dr. Grizzle also serves as the key liaison between Ford’s autonomous vehicle research program and the College of Engineering. Grizzle’s familiarity with Ford will be of great value as the college and Ford strengthen their bonds. A U-M professor of engineering since 1987, Grizzle has spent nearly two decades as a Ford consultant working on programs such as environmentally friendly emissions, enhanced fuel economy and hybrid-electric vehicles.

“Ford is the University of Michigan’s deepest and most engaged industry partner,” said Prof. Alec Gallimore, Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering. “As leaders in the fields of robotics and transportation, we’re excited to grow our partnership at a time – and place – in which these sectors are converging.”

U-M is one of only a handful of universities to offer master’s and doctoral degrees in robotics, with the Ph.D. program now in its third year. More than 35 faculty members work in the field.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 203,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks and SUVs, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. To expand its business model, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities with investments in electrification, autonomy and mobility. Ford provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company.  For more information regarding Ford and its products and services, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.

Millions of Students Ride Propane Buses to School

Across North America, more than 600 school districts are operating Blue Bird buses equipped with our propane fuel technology. Some of these districts began upgrading their fleets by replacing one aging diesel bus with a propane model, while others replaced dozens or more at a time.

Now over 8,000 of these buses safely transport millions of students to and from school.

We’ve seen districts, like Boston Public Schools, increase their numbers of propane buses after successful initial implementation. Beantown’s school district rose from 11 percent propane in 2015 to now having over 20 percent of its fleet running on this clean-burning alternative fuel.

Have you reached out to your school board members about this cost- and emissions-reducing option? Here are some facts you can use to help make the case for propane-fueled buses:
  •     Lower fuel cost. On average, propane autogas costs 40 to 50 percent less than diesel.
  •     Reduced maintenance. Less maintenance is required on propane buses due to the clean-burning properties of the fuel.
  •     Less noise. Noise levels on school buses fueled by propane autogas are decreased by as much as 50 percent when compared to diesel counterparts. Hear the difference using the Propane Education & Research Council’s Quieter School Buses Audio Quiz.
  •     Environmentally responsible choice. Clean technology reduces harmful pollutants and cleans the air around our school children.
  •     It only takes one propane school bus to replace 36 cars on the road.
  •     For more facts, visit our website.
  • Propane-fueled buses make sense for school districts looking for safe student transportation that will save money and create a cleaner, quieter environment for their students, drivers and community.
Call us today to find out how we can help you make the case for propane-fueled buses at 800.59.ROUSH.

Source: http://www.roushcleantech.com/millions-of-students-ride-propane-bus-to-school/


Personal Mobility Transit for Wheelchair Users

Nor-Cal Vans brings 30 years of experience in the personal mobility industry to offer a Transit conversion for the everyday wheelchair user. With increased fuel economy, maximum interior room, and double the weight carrying capacity of most modified minivans, the NCV Personal Mobility Transit an excellent full-size choice.

See more at http://www.nor-calvans.com/


Mobile charging truck rescues depleted EVs


An electric vehicle (EV) depletes its battery and is stuck on the side of the road without a charger anywhere in sight.

Getting towed is an option, but AAA has even a better solution: an electric vehicle mobile charging unit.

The white Ford F-250 looks like a utility truck, but make no mistake, it features that familiar an iconic AAA logo on the doors.

When a AAA member calls for service, the truck shows up with level two and level three charging options.

AAA will provide 10 to 15 minutes of charge time, which they report will provide three to 15 miles of driving range, or at least enough to make it to the next charging station.

Since being deployed in 2011, AAA’s mobile charging trucks have had thousands of service calls, according to electrek.co.

Not surprisingly, the charger trucks are available in metro areas where electric vehicles are used the most, which currently includes Denver, Los Angeles, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle.

- See more at: http://www.hardworkingtrucks.com/aaa-mobile-charging-truck-rescues-depleted-evs/#sthash.JTEHayt5.dpuf

Brand FX -Pickup Inserts and Storage

BrandFX WORKPoD Inserts

Designed for ease of use and efficiency, self-contained BrandFX WORKPoD inserts are a cost-efficient alternative to conventional vans. The advanced inserts, supplied complete with flooring and sidewalls, are built to fit all popular Chevrolet, Dodge/Ram, Ford, and GMC pickups, for all bed lengths.

The WORKPoD can be easily transferred from a pickup truck being retired to a new vehicle, adding to the long-term value of the insert. In addition, the inserts’ lightweight composite construction provides for better fuel economy vs. a van. And, the deep gelcoat finish of a WORKPoD ensures the appearance will last for many years and vehicle uses.

Exterior side compartment doors allow tools and cargo to be accessed from outside the vehicle.
To meet a wide range of individual needs, WORKPoDS are available in a choice of Plus-Top or Low-Profile designs and can be equipped with a wide range of shelving, drawer, cabinet, and lighting options.

Find out more at: http://brandfxbody.com/


Ram Trucks | Full Line | Add it Up

Ram has won countless awards and has best in class capabilities along with a smooth ride. This all adds up to making Ram the longest-lasting pickups in America.


The New Isuzu FTR Reveal at The Work Truck Show

Isuzu unveils all new class 6 F-Series truck live at the 2016 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Indiana. See more about Isuzu Trucks in the U.S.A. at www.isuzucv.com

PTO Driven Underdeck Systems

Experience the power, streamline design and cost savings of Vanair's Underdeck Systems of mobile air compressors and generators. See more about this and other Vanair products at www.vanair.com


IMT Hydraulic Loader Video

The 16000 Hydraulic Loader from Iowa Mold Tooling Co. Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, is ideal for loading and unloading wallboard, brick, block, glass and other palletized goods that help support the building supply and construction industries. See more at www.IMT.com


2016 GMC Canyon Diesel Tows, Camps Like a Champ

Ever since GM announced that the midsize Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks would receive a diesel engine, there's really been only one question on my mind: How well will they tow? I mean, we're not talking big, heavy-duty pickups with enormous V-8 diesel engines, dualie axles and jake brakes here. These are smaller, compact trucks that are used more as lifestyle vehicles than big workhorses. And while diesels are common in this style of truck all over the world, we haven't seen one in a smaller American pickup in decades.

By Aaron Bragman

See the whole story at: http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2016/08/2016-gmc-canyon-diesel-tows-camps-like-a-champ.html

Chevy’s Truck Legends offers benefits for loyal customers


Chevrolet has launched Truck Legends, an exclusive community recognizing loyal Chevy truck customers.

Currently, Truck Legends is open to all Texas residents who have more than 100,000 miles on their Chevy truck or have purchased or leased more than one new Chevy truck in their lifetime. The program will roll out nationwide in 2017.

Truck Legends pays tribute and offers benefits to customers who Chevy reports have helped to make its pickups the fastest-growing truck brand for 2016.

“We know there is a story behind every mile, every truck and every customer,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet truck marketing director. “The Truck Legends program is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to our loyal customers, and curating some of their stories.”

Truck Legends comes in preparation of an important milestone for Chevy.

“In 2018 we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of our first Chevrolet truck, and that event would not be complete without recognizing the customers who have made Chevrolet part of the fabric of America,” Piszar said. “The stories from our Truck Legends will play a key part in celebrating the next hundred years of Chevrolet trucks.”

Truck Legends members will receive exclusive Truck Legends memorabilia. This includes Chevy Truck Legends hats, Truck Legends decals and, if applicable, decals celebrating mileage milestones ranging from 100,000 to 1 million miles.

Participating dealers may also offer additional benefits to members, ranging from free car washes to discounts on oil changes and Chevrolet accessories for their trucks.

Chevrolet will periodically offer Truck Legends members once-in-a-lifetime experiences leveraging Chevrolet’s other partnerships. These experiences could range from front-row seats at concerts, to attending sold-out Major League Baseball events, to getting a sneak peek at new Chevrolet models.

The Truck Legends program is free to join for individuals who have more than 100,000 miles on their Chevrolet truck or have purchased or leased two or more new Chevy trucks in their lifetime. Eligible vehicles include:
  •     Silverado and Silverado HD (and past C/K trucks)
  •     Colorado (and past S-10 trucks)
  •     Tahoe
  •     Suburban
  •     Avalanche
Texas owners can sign up for the program by creating a profile at ChevyTruckLegends.com.

- See more at: http://www.hardworkingtrucks.com/chevys-truck-legends-offers-benefits-for-loyal-customers/#sthash.c7Sn3gmR.dpuf


Cummins and Peterbilt to Team Up on SuperTruck II

 Innovative Research Team 
will Develop Cost-Effective Truck 
and Powertrain Technologies 
that Significantly 
Increase Fuel-Efficiency

COLUMBUS, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 1, 2016-- Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) announced today that it will partner with Peterbilt Motors Company, a division of PACCAR (Nasdaq: PCAR) to develop and demonstrate technologies under the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SuperTruck II program.

“Cummins and the entire team is focused on developing technologies that can transform the industry and help our customers be more successful while continuing to be great stewards of the environment. Combining some of the best technical minds available for this project, I am confident that we can reach our goals and deliver results that are a win for our customers, a win for our organizations and a win for the environment,” said Wayne Eckerle, Cummins Vice President of Research and Technology.

“Peterbilt is committed to continue pushing the industry’s technologies to best serve our customers and the environment,” said Darrin Siver, Peterbilt General Manager and PACCAR Vice President. “The success of the original SuperTruck program will be the groundwork for SuperTruck II. Our engineers are focused on improving engine efficiency, aerodynamics and other systems technologies to meet Greenhouse Gas (GHG) requirements for model years 2021, 2024 and 2027.”

Subject to appropriations, the DOE will fund four projects to develop and demonstrate cost-effective technologies that more than double the freight efficiency of Class 8 trucks, commonly known as 18-wheelers, over the 2009 baseline. The goal of the program is to accelerate the pace of reductions in petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the nation’s freight transportation system.

For SuperTruck II, the Cummins–Peterbilt team will focus on breakthrough advances in Class 8 vehicle freight efficiency technologies that are cost-effective enough to be used in everyday real-world applications. Building on the solid foundation of SuperTruck I, Cummins will develop and demonstrate 55 percent or greater engine Brake Thermal Efficiency (BTE) at a 65 mile per hour cruise condition and the full team will demonstrate a greater than 100 percent improvement in vehicle Freight-Ton Economy (FTE) over the 2009 baseline vehicle. BTE quantifies the fraction of the fuel's chemical energy that is converted into useful work by the engine system. FTE quantifies the mass and distance of freight transported per unit of fuel consumed.

“These investments will accelerate the development of innovative vehicle technologies that will save businesses and consumers money at the pump, cut carbon emissions, and strengthen our economy,” said Acting Assistant Secretary David Friedman. “SuperTruck II builds on the successful SuperTruck I program, which has already led to more than twenty fuel saving technologies that have reached the commercial market.”

Cummins and Peterbilt teamed together for SuperTruck I, first demonstrating more than 50 percent BTE and analytically defining technologies needed to achieve 55 percent BTE. Their demonstration tractor-trailer averaged a 76 percent increase in drive cycle FTE and a 43 percent reduction in GHG emissions versus a 2009 baseline truck -- all significant improvements. As evidence of the favorable market impact that DOE partnered research and development continues to have, many of the engine and drivetrain efficiency improvements and vehicle power demand reductions pioneered in SuperTruck I are headed for production with the latest model year 2017 product offerings by Cummins, Peterbilt and its key product delivery partners.

The full team of project partners, each playing a vital role, includes Peterbilt, Eaton and Bridgestone. Other key suppliers, labs and universities making critical contributions toward the project goals include Great Dane, Exa Corporation, Meritor, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Purdue University. The team’s customer council, led by Walmart Transportation, LLC, will provide important information on routes, technology needs, and critical market input, aimed at fostering more rapid market adoption of SuperTruck technologies.

About Cummins

Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, (USA) Cummins currently employs approximately 55,000 people worldwide and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of approximately 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 7,200 dealer locations. Cummins earned $1.4 billion on sales of $19.1 billion in 2015. Press releases can be found on the Web at www.cummins.com. Follow Cummins on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cummins and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/cumminsinc.


The New 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 | The Art of Quiet

A premium-grade truck interior should be seen and felt, but not heard. That’s why a quiet, well-insulated cabin is a hallmark of the new 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali. Take a look at how paying attention to small details while designing the new Sierra played a big part in elevating comfort within a pickup truck cab.

Westport HPDI 2.0 Int'l Launch in 2017


  • Europe or Perhaps China to Be First, and It Won’t be the Cummins ISX:
  • Goal Is a Product Preserving Diesel Performance with Minimal Changes
Westport Fuel Systems expects to commercialize its “HPDI 2.0” high pressure direct injection technology as a fuel system package for OEMs in Europe and/or China in summer 2017.

Westport's HPDI 2.0 injectors are to be available to fit the diesel-cycle engines produced by multiple manufacturers.

HPDI technology allows trucks with heavy duty diesel engines to run primarily on liquefied natural gas. Westport placed upwards of 1,200 first-generation systems on Paccar (Kenworth and Peterbilt) trucks with 15-liter Cummins ISX engines, beginning in 2006.

HPDI 2.0 will be placed via other engine manufacturers, says Jim Arthurs, executive VP for medium and heavy-duty truck strategies at Westport. “We’re not working with Cummins,” he says, but with several different truck and/or engine OEMs.

Factory Installs

The plan is to provide fuel system componentry – primarily injectors and onboard natural gas fuel storage and engine delivery hardware – to be factory-installed. It’s a far cheaper option than the Westport-installed first-generation systems.

“It was quite expensive, the way that it was done,” Arthurs says. “The economics didn’t really hang together.”

Key to GHG Reduction Compliance

HPDI 2.0 will help manufacturers meet their greenhouse gas reduction requirements.

Westport Fuel Systems will offer a fully integrated HPDI 2.0 package to truck OEMs.

“HPDI 2.0 has been proven to deliver diesel-like performance and fuel efficiency while providing a reduction in GHG emissions of 18-20% compared to current diesel engines,” Westport says.

And, citing a source in Germany, Westport said this month that “European original equipment manufacturers will not be able to avoid implementing HPDI technology in order to fulfill GHG limit values.” Europe, says Arthurs, is a “priority.”

Environmental and Economic Benefits

“As GHG rules tighten, natural gas fueled vehicles may cost less than compliant conventional fuel vehicles, creating a compelling economic argument even without factoring in fuel savings,” Arthurs says in last week’s Westport GHG release.

“Fleet owners can focus on the environmental benefits of natural gas vehicles now and reap the economic benefits in the future,” he said.

LNG-Only to Start

The 2.0 product – a “true OEM version of HPDI” – will debut on engines in the 10- to 15-liter range, Arthurs says. “As launched it will be LNG-only,” he told F&F, explaining that vaporizing pressurized LNG to the 3,500-plus PSI needed for engine operation is far cheaper than boosting the pressure of CNG fuel onboard the vehicle. Operators committed to CNG fuel may be offered a CNG-capable HPDI 2.0 option in the future.
Early Adaptor: Canada's Transport Robert committed to LNG-fueled trucks with Westport's first-generation HPDI technology in late 2010.

Early Adaptor: Canada’s Transport Robert committed to LNG-fueled trucks with Westport’s first-generation HPDI technology in late 2010.

Westport’s key HPDI 2.0 development drivers are performance and simplicity. “We’re trying to make the engine perform exactly as it did as a diesel,” Arthurs says. And, “we are trying to change as little as we can on the engine and on the truck.”

The Pump Has Made Major Strides’

Westport is perfecting “Phase 3” injectors for HPDI 2.0, as well as a proprietary pump that will be submerged in the onboard LNG fuel tank. “The pump has made major strides,” he says, since the first HPDI trucks were deployed ten years ago.

Finally, as part of the ramp-up to launch, “We’re starting trials with customers,” Arthurs said yesterday.


Reading Support Vital For Reitmeir"s New Fleet

Guest post by Ken Keller

The City of Portland, Oregon is known for its microbreweries, coffeehouses and its eco-friendliness; Portland is often called "The Greenest City in America". Delivering commercial HVAC services to this metropolitan area of over 2 million people is no small enterprise.

 Based in Portland, Reitmeier is a full-spectrum Commercial HVAC and Energy Management Services provider to Oregon and the SW Washington area. In business since 1984, Reitmeier’s diverse client base spans such projects as data centers, hospitals, commercial high-rise offices and historic buildings, as well as industrial facilities.

This year Reitmeier converted their entire service fleet over to Ford Transits Cutaways equipped with customized Reading Truck Body Classic Service Vans (CSV). Reitmeier’s President, Jeff Nusz, has high praise for the Reading CSV. “We have been using standard vans for 35 years. This fleet conversion was a big change. We wanted to make a statement in the marketplace and position our brand as something unique,” Jeff said. “We are the only company in our market that uses Reading products exclusively. Our customers really like the look of our decaled Reading body. The unique visibility is driving new clients to our doorstep.”

Reading support was vital to get Reitmeier’s new fleet operational. “We had a compliance problem concerning the venting of flammable gases. Reading solved this design problem before our first delivery. By customizing a rear compartment with venting, Reading solved that problem, and at no additional costs.”

Jeff commented on the efficiency of their local Reading authorized upfitter, Pacific Service Center (PSC). “Our vans are now shipped separately and upfitted by Pacific Service Center. We work directly with Jeff and Robyn at PSC to solve any problems we encounter. PSC handles warrant claims. Delivery time has actually sped up. This process is really seamless now,” Jeff said.

Robyn Benedetti, Vice President of Operations, has seen the difference that Reading’s CSV body has made to Reitmeier’s commitment to a goal of zero waste. “The CSV aluminum body is in complete alignment with our sustainability practices as it uses renewable material and is 100% recyclable,” Robyn said. “Due to the aluminum body, we have expanded cargo space providing greater payload. Shelving was modified by Reading to increase ease of access and organization.”

A complete audit of Reitmeier’s fuel consumption using historical data and Ford/Telogis telematics information from the new fleet will be made soon. But Jeff is seeing the savings already. “Our 2016 fuel budget is based on 2015’s fuel consumption. As of now, we are 13% to 15% under budget from where we were this time last year, “Jeff reports.

In an effort to ensure future availability of qualified technicians, Reitmeier created Reitmeier University two years ago. Reitmeier University’s two-year continuing education program was developed to train and certify new Reitmeier employees in commercial HVAC services. After completing classroom instruction, each new hire is partnered with an experienced technician in a structured mentorship. Reitmeier, with the support of Reading’s CSVs, is not only ready for the future, but is actively investing in it.

See more about Reitmeier at www.reitmeier.com.

See more about Reading Truck Body at www.readingbody.com

See more about Pacific Service Center

Ford Partnering with Global Cities on New Transportation Solutions

Ford is teaming up with major global cities – starting with San Francisco – to solve congestion issues and help people move more easily, today and in the future.


Ford Introduces Limited-Edition Dallas Cowboys F-150

  •     Limited run of 400 Dallas Cowboys edition Ford F-150 trucks feature iconic Cowboys star logo on exterior badging and door sills, with logo embossed in cargo box bed mat as well
  •     Ford has been Official Vehicle of the Dallas Cowboys for more than two decades
  •     Launch of Dallas Cowboys edition Ford F-150 celebrates opening of the Ford Center at The Star – a state-of-the-art training facility and 12,000-seat indoor stadium in Frisco, Texas
Ford F-150 Dallas Cowboys Edition Fact Sheet

DALLAS,  Four hundred Dallas Cowboys edition Ford F-150s are ready to take to the gridiron – a touchdown for Ford and the Dallas Cowboys, and the ultimate ride for Texas football fans.

“It has been 22 years since Ford and the Dallas Cowboys offered a Cowboys edition F-150,” says Greg Wood, Ford Dallas regional sales manager. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the opening of the Ford Center at The Star and the beginning of a new Cowboys season than to offer fans of both F-150 and the Dallas Cowboys the opportunity to purchase one of these incredible trucks.”

Texas is the nation’s largest truck market and Ford F-Series is the best-selling truck in Texas. Ford has a longstanding relationship with the state – from working with the Dallas Cowboys for more than two decades to its longstanding ties with King Ranch, a Texas institution.

The foundation of this limited-edition truck starts with a Built Ford Tough F-150 XLT with Chrome Package (the No. 1 volume seller in Texas) painted in legendary Cowboys helmet silver. In addition to the standard features of the F-150 XLT series, unique content for the Cowboys edition truck includes:

    Exclusive Cowboys edition star badging on front doors and tailgate
    Blue-white-blue rocker panel striping paying tribute to team’s over-the-top helmet stripe
    20-inch chrome wheels with unique Cowboys star center caps
    Molded heavy-duty cargo bed mat with iconic Cowboys star logo
    Laser-etched chrome foot plates featuring legendary Cowboys word mark for front doors
    Cowboys edition logo stitched in front and rear floor mats
    “1 of 400” Cowboys edition interior badge autographed by Jerry Jones – owner, president and general manager for the Dallas Cowboys

“Everyone in our organization is excited about the new Dallas Cowboys edition F-150,” says Jones. “Ford F-150 and the Dallas Cowboys are known worldwide for their rich heritages and long winning traditions. Our Cowboys fans are among the most passionate in all of sports. We are proud to partner with Ford and Texas Ford dealers to bring this Cowboys edition F-150 to our incredible fans. I think you will agree it is the ultimate truck for the ultimate Cowboys fan.”

The launch of this limited-edition F-150 also marks the opening of the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas. A one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art training facility, The Star will serve as corporate headquarters for America’s team, featuring practice fields and a multipurpose indoor stadium for Cowboys players as well as athletes in the Frisco Independent School District.

The Dallas Cowboys edition F-150 is on sale now at select Texas Ford dealers.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 203,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford aggressively is pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company.  For more information regarding Ford, its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company, visit www.corporate.ford.com.

GMC | The Path to Precision: Certified Service Explores a 1916 GMC Truck

From wooden wheels to kerosene headlamps, we tracked down a 100-year-old GMC truck to see where Professional Grade started. Read story at: http://www.gmc.com/gmc-life/path-to-p...


Switch-N-Go™: S-Model

Switch-N-Go’s™ S-Model system is designed to work on medium duty work trucks with room for little or no overhang. Equipping your truck with a Switch-N-Go™ S-Model your truck has all the benefits of the Switch-N-Go™ system with the bonus of no frame overhang which allows for easier towing.

Available in 9’, 10’ and 11’ versions the S-Model has all of the features of the Original Switch-N-Go™ body changing system, plus the added benefit of no frame overhang.

The S-Model is designed to run with electronically powered hydraulics.  This saves you the expense of adding a power take-off and pump to your automatic transmission.  The system is offered with 12,000 or 15,000 pound pull capacity winches.  The Switch-N-Go™ system has all of the benefits of a dump body as the scissor hoist will achieve a 50-degree dump angle, which is perfect for dumping mulch, asphalt, compacted soil, and more, dumping upwards of 10 tons.  The system is designed for trucks with a GVWR of 13,000 – 26,000 lbs.

Are you a new owner of a Switch-N-Go™ system or do you have a new employee to train on how to use the Switch-N-Go™ system?  If so, check out the How to use the Switch-N-Go™ system video on YouTube.

Additionally, if you have recently purchased a Switch-N-Go™ system or do you have a new employee we recommend that you watch the following instructional videos:

 - Lubing the wire rope

 - Checking the electrical connections

 - Warn winch connections

 - Greasing your Switch-N-Go

 - Using the wire rope

 - Tighten the side rollers

 - Using the body locks

Find out more at: http://www.switchngo.com


GMC Leads Industry with New Rear Seat Reminder

All-new 2017 GMC Acadia introduces
 industry-first feature to help busy drivers


DETROIT — Life moves fast. There are a million things on everyone’s mind, and sometimes even the most organized among us need a little help remembering everything. The all-new 2017 GMC Acadia is helping to address this issue with the Rear Seat Reminder, a new, industry-first feature designed to remind drivers to check the back seat as they exit their vehicle under certain circumstances.

Each year in the U.S., about half of the children under age 14 who die of in-vehicle heatstroke do so as a result of being forgotten. Also, items left in the back seat are a target for theft. Nearly 23 percent of larceny in 2014 was from a motor vehicle, according to the FBI.

“Acadia drivers live busy lives with demanding schedules, and the Rear Seat Reminder helps protect the things we care about most,” said Tricia Morrow, GM global safety strategy engineer. “Whether it’s your lunch, laptop, pet or most importantly, your child, it’s easier than it seems to forget what’s in the back seat when moving between life’s events. With this new feature, we are leading the charge to address this ongoing problem.”

The Rear Seat Reminder works by monitoring the Acadia’s rear doors. The feature is intended to activate when either rear door is opened and closed within 10 minutes before the vehicle is started, or if they are opened and closed while the vehicle is running. Under these circumstances, the next time the vehicle is turned off after a door activation, the Acadia is designed to sound five audible chimes and display a message in the driver information center that reads, “Rear Seat Reminder / Look in Rear Seat.”

“General Motors has developed a new technology for the GMC Acadia, the Rear Seat Reminder, to give busy parents an important reminder to check the back seat before leaving the car,” said Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. “Technology alone cannot solve the issue of heatstroke when it comes to young children, but this new Acadia reminder can help. We must always remember that the safest way to protect a child from heatstroke is to never leave a child unattended in a vehicle.”

The feature cannot detect items in the backseat, so it is always important to check the rear seat prior to exiting the vehicle.

The industry-first feature is a standard feature on the all-new 2017 Acadia, a reimagined crossover aimed at the heart of the midsize segment.

*Not available on the 2017 Acadia Limited.

GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, with innovation and engineering excellence built into all GMC vehicles. The brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC’s highest-volume vehicle, the Sierra pickup, is the most powerful light-duty pickup on the market, and the first full-size pickup to receive the highest-possible five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changed its New Car Assessment Program for the 2011 model year. Details on all GMC models are available at http://www.gmc.com/, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at http://www.facebook.com/gmc.

Ford Volunteer Corps Begins Global Caring Month with Transformational Clean Water Project, Challenge Grants

  •     Ford Motor Company awards $200,000 grant for Thailand Clean Water Community project, a winner in the inaugural Bill Ford Better World Challenge
  •     Ford volunteers in Thailand are among thousands taking part in community service projects around the world as part of Ford Global Caring Month
  •     Ford Motor Company Fund will contribute $700,000 to purchase supplies for volunteer projects, as Ford sees increasing participation in emerging markets
Dearborn, Mich,   – Ford Motor Company kicks off Global Caring Month in September with a transformational undertaking by the Ford Volunteer Corps — the Thailand Clean Water Community Project, winner of a $200,000 grant from the Bill Ford Better World Challenge.

Hundreds of Ford volunteers will help rebuild a water system in the town of Chanthaburi that serves a school and more than 3,300 local residents. Ford volunteers will repair storage tanks and install new water purifiers, sinks and other restroom fixtures. In addition, the water will be used to help irrigate crops and sustain community gardens, also providing a hands-on learning experience for students and families.

“Clean water is a necessity – a basic human right – that is not always readily available in parts of the world,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund. “This project goes to the heart of making people’s lives better as we start Global Caring Month by harnessing the power of our volunteers to improve their communities.” 

The Bill Ford Better World Challenge was launched last year as part of the celebration marking the 10th anniversary of the Ford Volunteer Corps. The initiative also awarded a $200,000 grant for the Nonprofit Mobility App, a mobile software application that works like a ride-sharing app and can be used to connect Ford volunteers and nonprofits with drivers and vehicles that can move food, building materials and other supplies to where they can do the most good for people in the community. The idea — proposed by Ford employees — will be created by the University of Detroit-Mercy and used by organizations in the United Kingdom and southeast Michigan.

“I am proud of the tremendous response we received when we challenged our employees to help build a better world,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company. “These initiatives will help meet critical community needs and have a positive impact on the quality of people’s lives.”

During Ford Global Caring Month in September, some 20,000 Ford volunteers will participate in hundreds of community service projects around the world. Global Caring Month is the signature annual event of the Ford Volunteer Corps. Since it was launched in 2005, Ford Volunteer Corps members have contributed more than one million hours of community service in 48 countries, representing $29 million of in-kind community investments.

This year, Global Caring Month projects include:

    Angola - Paint, repair and renovate a secondary school
    Australia - Beautify the grounds surrounding a family retreat run by the Salvation Army
    Brazil - Make repairs and renovate a nursery, daycare and library for children
    Colombia - Overhaul food bank delivery area and sort donations
    Germany - Design and develop urban gardens, help with construction work at a high school
    India - Make renovations at a home for senior citizens
    Mexico - Make improvements at an orphanage, build water storage and feed the hungry 
    South Africa - Renovate bathrooms, repair ceilings and doors, and paint homes for children 
    United Kingdom - Modernize and make extensive improvements at a mental health facility

Ford volunteers from more than three dozen countries have signed up for community projects, including a growing number in emerging markets from Cambodia and Malaysia to Guam and Samoa. In the United States, Ford employees will participate in more than 160 volunteer activities across 16 states throughout the month, including a Ford Accelerated Action Day on Sept. 16.

Ford Fund is also increasing its financial contributions to non-profit agencies during Ford Global Caring Month. Grants totaling $700,000 will be used to purchase tools and other supplies needed to complete many of this month’s community service projects.

“The positive, powerful impact this work has on people and communities is remarkable,” said Janet Lawson, director, Ford Volunteer Corps. “Each year a better world comes into sharper focus through the caring efforts of Ford employees and our nonprofit partners.”  
About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 203,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford aggressively is pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company.  For more information regarding Ford, its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company, visit www.corporate.ford.com.


GMC Canyon Extends Momentum with Broader 2017 Lineup

New Canyon Denali, All Terrain X expand choices,
offer new propulsion system


DETROIT – Building on the momentum of an 18-percent sales increase so far this year, GMC today announced a broader 2017 GMC Canyon lineup led by the new, range-topping Canyon Denali and new, off-road-inspired All Terrain X.

Like all GMC Denali models, the new Canyon Denali is distinguished by chrome exterior details and unique wheels, along with exclusive interior trim and content. It also features a new 3.6L V-6 engine that’s paired with a segment-first eight-speed automatic transmission.

This new propulsion system is offered across the 2017 Canyon lineup, including the new All Terrain X package, which takes the popular All Terrain model farther down the trail, with Goodyear DuraTrac all-terrain tires, all-weather floor liners and more. 

“Canyon continues to carve out its own niche as the only premium truck in the midsize segment,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “With a broader 2017 Canyon lineup and the redesigned Acadia, GMC is offering more choices for finding the premium truck or SUV that matches customers’ design preferences and capability needs.”

Additional new and revised features for the 2017 Canyon lineup include:
•    New IntelliLink radio with 7-inch-diagonal color touchscreen
•    Standard Teen Driver Mode through IntelliLink
•    Available heated steering wheel
•    Exterior colors Dark Slate Metallic, Mineral Metallic and Red Quartz Metallic

Canyon Denali
In addition to its Denali-signature chrome grille, the 2017 Canyon Denali features specific wheels — 20-inch ultra-bright machined aluminum with painted accents — along with tubular chrome assist steps, polished exhaust tip (V-6 only) and spray-on bedliner.

Inside, a Jet Black interior features unique leather-appointed, heated and ventilated front seats — exclusive content in the Canyon lineup — along with unique instrument panel and console trim and Denali-logo sill plates and floor mats. Additional standard features include:
•    Heated steering wheel
•    GMC IntelliLink with Navigation and an 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen
•    4G Wi-Fi hotspot
•    Automatic climate control
•    Full-color driver information center
•    Remote start
•    Bose® premium seven-speaker audio system
•    Two USB charging ports on the rear of the center console and another inside the console
•    Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning

All Terrain X
This special version of the popular All Terrain package offered on the SLE model is the most off-road-capable Canyon for those who travel beyond the paved path. The X adds Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac P255/65R17 all-terrain tires and all-weather floor liners to All Terrain content, which includes:
•    Off-road suspension and transfer case shield
•    Body-color grille surround and rear step bumper
•    Unique interior with red stitching and heated front seats
•    Hill Descent Control
•    Unique 17-inch aluminum wheels
•    3-inch-diameter round step bars
•    Spray-on bedliner
•    Remote start
•    Automatic climate control and sliding rear window

The All Terrain model requires the new 3.6L V-6/eight-speed automatic propulsion system. The 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine is available.

3.6L V-6 and eight-speed automatic
The new 3.6L/eight-speed propulsion system offers stronger, more confident acceleration and smoother shift performance than the Canyon’s previous V-6/six-speed combination. This new combination focuses on refining everyday driving performance, including accelerating from a stop, passing on the highway and cruising at a constant speed.

The 3.6L leverages technologies such as continuously variable valve timing, direct injection and Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) to balance performance and efficiency. It is rated at an SAE-certified 308 hp (230 kW) and 275 lb-ft of torque (373 Nm).

Canyon’s new Hydra-Matic 8L45 eight-speed automatic complements the 3.6L with a technologically advanced design and control system that supports smoother, more refined performance. Smaller “steps” between the gears as the vehicle accelerates allow the transmission to shift quicker, with almost imperceptible upshifts.

The 8L45 eight-speed also has a wider 7.0 gear ratio that enables a numerically higher first gear ratio — helping drivers start off more confidently with a heavy load or when trailering — and numerically lower overdrive ratios that reduce engine rpm on the highway. A lower engine speed has two benefits: It can reduce fuel consumption to enhance efficiency and it reduces engine noise for a quieter cabin.

The new powertrain supports a 7,000-pound max trailering rating that is second in the segment only to the Canyon’s available 2.8L Duramax diesel, which is rated at 7,700 pounds.

The 2017 model year updates, including the new V-6 and eight-speed combination, will arrive at dealerships in the fourth quarter of this year.

GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, with innovation and engineering excellence built into all GMC vehicles. The brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC’s highest-volume vehicle, the Sierra pickup, is the most powerful light-duty pickup on the market, and the first full-size pickup to receive the highest-possible five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changed its New Car Assessment Program for the 2011 model year. Details on all GMC models are available at http://www.gmc.com/, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at http://www.facebook.com/gmc.